Teatro Nacional D. Maria II, Lisbon, Portugal

Antony and Cleopatra


If we say one of the names, the other follows it. Our memory cannot evoke one without the other. Plutarch wrote that, from them on, love became the ability to see the world through the sensibility of someone else’s soul. They mixed love and politics and came up with a politics of love. They are a historical love story. They are a romance based on real events often romanticized about. Shakespeare built them a verbal monument that turned into the truest of truths what never happened to them. In Mankiewicz’s film that led 20th Century Fox to bankruptcy, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were the celluloid and real couple they never – and always – were. In this show written and directed by Tiago Rodrigues, Sofia Dias and Vítor Roriz are the hereand-now duo of what they were there-and-then. They are and are not Antony and Cleopatra. They are Antony seeing the world through Cleopatra’s eyes. And vice-versa. Always vice-versa. Vice-versa as a rule of love. Vice-versa as a rule of theatre. This show is seeing the world vicariously, through the sensibility of the souls of Antony and Cleopatra

“Words act like the bodies of the dancers: they anticipate the presence, amplify the presence, carve themselves in the space and evoke places and actions. Words come before the movements of the bodies, they are body. (…) Theatre? Absolutely. But also a choreography of the voice that in the end reaches a tremendous climax. A knot by the belly.”

A knot by the belly Daniel Tércio in Jornal de Letras (10 December, 2014)

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text by Tiago Rodrigues with quotes from William Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra
directed by Tiago Rodrigues with Sofia Dias and Vítor Roriz
set Ângela Rocha
costumes Ângela Rocha, Magda Bizarro
light design Nuno Meira
music excerpts from the soundtrack of the movie “Cleopatra” (1963), composed by Alex North
artistic collaboration Maria João Serrão, Thomas Walgrave
set construction Decor Galamba
english tanslation Joana Frazão
executive production Rita Forjaz
executive production on the original creation Magda Bizarro, Rita Mendes
a production Teatro Nacional D. Maria II after an original creation by the company Mundo Perfeito
co-production Centro Cultural de Belém, Centro Cultural Vila Flôr, Temps d’Images
artistic residence Teatro do Campo Alegre, Teatro Nacional de São João, alkantara
thanks to Ana Mónica, Ângelo Rocha, Carlos Mendonça, Luísa Taveira, Manuela Santos, Rui Carvalho Homem, Salvador Santos, Toninho Neto, Bomba Suicida
support Museu de Marinha

Sofia Dias, Vítor Roriz

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